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Marshallese Deportations Increasing

Posted: December 2, 2012 at 2:53 a.m.

Marshallese residents of Springdale gather at the federal detention center in Oakdale, La., earlier this year where they were being held for deportation proceedings after being convicted of crimes. Standing: Riem Simon, left, Fred John, Jamie Langrus, James Annam and Dewey Gold. Kneeling: Dennis Jinna. John remains in Oakdale. Simon, Langrus, Annam and Jinna were deported. Gold was released and returned to Springdale.
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Marshallese residents of Springdale gather at the federal detention center in Oakdale, La., earlier this year where they were being held for deportation proceedings after being convicted of crimes. Standing: Riem Simon, left, Fred John, Jamie Langrus, James Annam and Dewey Gold. Kneeling: Dennis Jinna. John remains in Oakdale. Simon, Langrus, Annam and Jinna were deported. Gold was released and returned to Springdale.

A knock on the door. An arrest. Incarceration hundreds of miles from home where no one speaks your language but fellow inmates. Marshallese people living in Springdale who have been convicted of a crime face this predicament in increasing numbers, said Carmen Chong Gum, the Marshallese consulate general in Springdale.

By the Numbers

Criminal Aliens Deported

Number of criminal aliens removed from the United States

-2007: 102,024

-2008: 114,415

-2009: 136,343

-2010: 195,772

-2011: 216,698

Source: Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division website

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They get an opportunity to have a better life here in the US with extra benefits ( more than the average US citizen ) and they blow it by getting busted for crimes. Deportation must sound better than being locked up in a cage with a bunch of killers and rapist. TOO bad we can't deport all the aliens who commit felonys. Then the prisons wouldn't be so crowded and more jobs for the honest hard working people. IF they have an opportunity to better themselves by coming to the US then they should obey the laws .

Posted by: oldrustynut

December 2, 2012 at 6:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Looks like the system is working. Also sounds to me like there is the opportunity for some of them to become translators.

I have some Marshallese for clients and they are great people. Wish they were my neighbors rather than what I have now.

Posted by: Tumblebug

December 2, 2012 at 6:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

If they came here illlegal. Deport them all. That really, really, includes, MEXICANS!!!!!!

Posted by: 101stnamvet

December 2, 2012 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

101 that might have worked early in the game, but America does't have to will or the courage to do so now. Wait until the Obama economic crash and they will deport themselves.

Posted by: JailBird

December 2, 2012 at 1:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Maybe the Marshallese should learn spanish. We have plenty of spanish translators!

Posted by: rufusmccoy

December 2, 2012 at 5:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tumblebug you can have every last one of my Marshallese neighbors. I have only had limied exposure to thes people before moving to Arkansas and if I had the resourses I would send them all back to the Marshal Islands and build them fine schools for their children to keep them there. From what I have seen they consistantly endanger their children through lack of supervision and disipline. I strongly suspect no dog or cat is safe from winding up in some of my neighbors stew pots. They have had a lot of dogs come in but the dogs never come back out and I hear no barking. These two issues are the tip of what I feel sure is a huge iceburg. In my experience they contribute nothing that is good to our society.

Posted by: KJFisher

December 2, 2012 at 7:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think I have a solution for the people who don't want to be deported. Don't commit crime! I have trouble feeling any sympathy for people who are being deported because they have committed a crime.

Posted by: Vickie55

December 3, 2012 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )